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“It Takes a Woman” to build peace in Syria

13 April 2017

UN Women launches audiovisual campaign at the Brussels Conference on Supporting the future of Syria and the Region More

Arab men figures join #HeForShe campaign to advocate for gender equality

06 April 2017

Men figures from all over the Arab world, as partners in journey, responsibility, and life are gathered in a video campaign by UN Women, Regional Office for Arab States, in partnership with HeForShe to engage men as agents of change to achieve women empowerment and gender equality. More

From where I stand: “With every thread I wove…I was weaving away my sorrows”

28 March 2017

At 47, Emm Ali has experienced immense loss. A Syrian refugee living in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan since 2013, she found a sense of purpose as she joined UN Women’s cash-for-work programme and started weaving carpets. The cash-for-work programme is the largest employer of women refugees in the camp. More

UN Secretary-General visits UN Women centre in Za’atari refugee camp, his first stop on his visit to Jordan

28 March 2017

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres visited the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan on Tuesday morning, 28 March 2017. Coming ahead of his participation at the Arab Summit (Dead Sea, 23-29 March 2017), this is the first official visit of Mr. Guterres to Jordan and the region in his capacity as UN Secretary-General. More

UN Women kicks of International Women’s Day with appeal for ending GBV in Lebanon

08 March 2017

Despite significant advances in programming and policy, gender-based violence remains pervasive in Lebanon. An estimated one in three women experiences physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime. Thus, UN Women is putting the GBV at the center of its efforts in connection with the International Women’s Day, at a critical time when the humanitarian situation and fragile contexts are mushrooming across the region with grave impact on women and girls.  Under the... More

The UN system in the Arab/MENA Region kicks off International Women’s Day with an eye on Planet 50-50 by 2030

07 March 2017

Cairo, 07 March 2017- Despite progress in advancing gender equality globally, women in the Arab region remain underrepresented across all spheres of life, including in the workforce. More

Cairo – Finding Women at Work Should Not be this Hard

23 February 2017

In  preparation  for  International  Women’s  Day,  UN  Women  Egypt  launches  new  print campaign titled “Finding Her” under the umbrella of UN Women’s global campaign “Planet 50-50 by 2030-Step it Up for Gender Equality” which calls upon governments to make national commitments to address the challenges that are holding women and girls back from reaching their full potential. Highlighting women’s... More

Condolences on the death of Ms. Ameera BinKaram

24 October 2016

UN Women mourns the tragic loss of Ms. Ameera BinKaram, together with her mother and sister, in an accidental fire at her home Saturday, 22 October. As Deputy Chairperson of the NAMA Women Advancement Establishment; Chairperson of the Sharjah Women´s Business council; and a founding member and President of Friends of Cancer Patients society, United Arab Emirates, she was a leading light in the region. Ms. BinKaram was a passionate advocate for the realization of women’s... More

Responding to the needs of Women and Girls Subject to Violence: a comprehensive package

20 October 2016

Together with UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, UN Women is launching the “Essential Services Package for Women and Girls Subject to Violence” on Thursday, October 19 in the United Arab Emirates. The package has been developed as part of a four-year joint global programme between UNFPA and UN Women, in partnership with WHO, UNDP and UNODC with the goal of providing female survivors of violence better access to a coordinated set of essential and quality services that... More

New commitments to gender equality in the Arab Region

20 October 2016

Opening session of #iifmena 2016. Photo: UN Women/Christopher Herwig In a new milestone for the women of the Arab Region, “Investing in the Future- Building the Resilience of Women and Girls in the Arab Region” conference closed with the adoption of the “Sharjah Declaration for the Rights and Empowerment of Women and Girls” - a comprehensive statement of commitments to achieve gender equality. The two-day conference brought together government officials and... More

UN Women and Islamic Relief Worldwide launch a partnership

19 October 2016

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director and Naser Haghamed, Chief Executive Officer of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) launching a joint Memorandum of understanding. Photo: UN Women/Chris Herwig.  UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and the Chief Executive Officer of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), Naser Haghamed, officially launched a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the United Arab Emirates on 19 October to strengthen joint work on gender equality and... More

The League of Arab States and UN Women conclude the first ministerial conference on “Women and Achieving Peace and Security in the Arab Region”

09 October 2016

The opening of the first ministerial conference on “Women and Achieving Peace and Security”. Photo: UN Women/ Yara Saed. The League of Arab States and UN Women concluded the first ministerial conference on “Women and Achieving Peace and Security in the Arab Region” on Monday, 5 September. The two-day conference was organized to facilitate the implementation of the regional strategy and plan for UN Security Council resolution 1325, which first recognized... More

The Big Heart Foundation and UN Women Collaborate to Strengthen the Role of Women across the World

09 October 2016

A Syrian woman refugee with her children in one of UN Women's centres in Zaatari refugee camp. Photo: UN Women/Christopher Herwig The Big Heart Foundation in collaboration with UN Women, United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women will organize the second edition of ‘Investing in the Future’ (IIFMENA) Conference exemplifying the approach embraced by the UAE and its exemplary leadership to enhance cooperation with international organisations to... More

United Arab Emirates and UN Women sign new agreement to open Liaison Office in Abu Dhabi

21 July 2016

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri and UAE Assistant Minister for Legal Affairs Abdulrahim Yousif Al Awadi shake hands at the signing of an agreement to open a new UN Women Liaison Office in Abu Dhabi. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown In an agreement signed today, the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) committed to the opening of the new UN Women Liaison Office for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Abu Dhabi. As a founding member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, UAE... More

Balqees Fathi named UN Women Planet 50-50 champion for the Arab States Region

13 July 2016

Yemeni-Emirati singer Balqees Fathi during a visit to UN Women Regional Office for Arab States. Photo: UN Women/ Karam Gamal El Din UN Women announced the appointment of award-winning, Emirati-Yemeni singer, Balqees Fathi as the first Planet 50-50 champion for the Arab States Region. Focusing on young women and girls, Ms. Fathi will be working closely with UN Women to push for young women entrepreneurship in the region and to advocate for the rights of women survivors of violence with a... More

UN Women statement on World Refugee Day

20 June 2016

Today, on World Refugee Day, we recognize those who have been uprooted from their homes at an unprecedented scale, leaving some 60 million people displaced worldwide. In our response to this crisis, it is critical that we address the unique needs of women and girl refugees, and provide them with durable opportunities for empowerment. With such levels of urgent need, normal protection structures often disappear, leaving the human rights of women and girls particularly at risk. They are often... More

UN Women statement for the first International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict (19 June)

19 June 2016

This year, we have celebrated three historic firsts for combatting sexual violence in conflict .  All of these were long overdue and all had one thing in common: the unstoppable force of women’s voice and leadership. In February, a national court in Guatemala  convicted two former military officers  of committing sexual violence during the country’s civil war—the first time that a national court anywhere in the world considered charges of sexual slavery... More

UN Women signs a memorandum of understanding with Bahrain to launch a new global award for women's empowerment

12 June 2016

UN Women has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Bahraini Supreme Council for Women Sunday for coordination and preparation for a new global award for the empowerment of women. The signing ceremony was held in Bahrain Sunday and was attended by Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, the President of the Bahraini Supreme Council for Women, Yannick Glemarec, UN Women Deputy Executive Director and Mohammad Naciri, UN Women Regional Director for Arab States.  ... More

Syrian women rise above differences and forge a statement of unity

23 May 2016

Group photo at the closing of the Syrian Women Peacemakers conference in Beirut. Photo: UN Women/Emad Karim In an effort to build consensus to end the Syrian crisis, a diverse group of over 130 Syrian women political and civil society activists met in Beirut, Lebanon from 20-22 May and forged a  statement of unity , overcoming significant political divides. The group met for a conference entitled “Syrian Women Peacemakers”, building on three years of UN... More

UN Women debuts "We Are Here" documentary series

18 May 2016

Photo: UN Women/Emad Karim UN Women Regional Office for Arab States announced today the debut and release of a six-part documentary series under the title of “We Are Here” highlighting the political, social, peacebuilding, and conflict resolution work of women living in challenging environments across the Arab States Region. With conflicts and humanitarian crises raging through the region, women often find themselves at the centre of the fray, but not in the... More

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